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We Come Apart is great for reluctant readers as its verse format makes the text easy to understand and less intimidating but the content is mature enough to keep a teen interest. It tells a story of love and friendship through dual perspectives. Jess is from an abusive, miserable home and acting out seems to be the only way to deal with it. Nicu has recently emigrated to the UK from Romania and is struggling to find his place in the world. The two meet through community service and their friendship slowly morphs into something more. Finding solace in each other, they find a way to battle their sadness and to put themselves back together.
This is an inspiring, well illustrated biography of an iconic Australian, perfect for ages four and up. King of the Outback describes the tale of Sidney Kidman from when he left home at 13 with 50 cents in his pocket to his rise in wealth and popularity, knighted for his services to the Commonwealth, donating thousands of horses to the Australian Army along with beef and wool It includes the mass stampede and the heroic actions of the Kidman Stockmen at Sid's 75th birthday rodeo. A great nonfiction addition to any library.
This is such a beautiful book! The incredibly vibrant art prints burst from the page and the poetry and prose make it a fascinating and gorgeous addition to any collection. In hardback at such a good price, this is a must have whether you are child or adult.
A beautiful picture book for little ones, this story encourages the reader to never give up on their dreams. Do what makes you happy and don't let anybody say you can't do something. Dream BIG!
The idea that some older people have of social media has often been that young people share anything and everything online and often find themselves in trouble.
Twelve years after she vanished from a beach, Gil Coleman believes he sees his wife Ingrid in the street. Giving chase, Gil has an accident and is hospitalized. This brings his daughters Nan and Flora home to care for him and Flora believes her mother might in fact be alive, but Nan thinks it is utter nonsense. As they face the reality of their father's condition, the girls confront the memories of their childhood. At the same time, the story of Gil and Ingrid's marriage unfolds in a series of letters hidden away in books throughout the house. This is such engrossing storytelling from Fuller. Present and past stories are interwoven to reveal a family drama full of secrets, lies and half truths. Each new revelation pulls you further and further into the story as you try and work out exactly what did happen to Ingrid all those years ago.
The 2016 Australian/Vogel Award Winning the Memory Artist is a look through Russia’s recent history, and explores the importance of remembering our past – no matter how violent or unappealing those memories might be. Pasha, the central character, remembers his family meeting at night to preserve the impact of Stalin’s regime. As an adult he is forced to recall and collect these memories after the death of his mother.
Neil Gaiman is widely regarded to be one of the giant talents of fantasy fiction and Norse Mythology shows why. It’s a beautiful retelling on all the ancient Norse myths, both well-known and obscure. Steeped in research and history, but always with touches of Gaiman’s classic wit and vitality, this book is essential for any fantasy fans.
Jonathan Moore's previous book The Poison Artist is one of my absolute favourite crime novels ever - a dark, moody, absinthe-soaked modern noir with one hell of an ending - so I was very excited to get my hands on this one. Luckily, it lives up to its predecessor. It's obliquely references the previous book, maintains the same gorgeous San Francisco setting, whilst having enough distance to read as a stand-alone. The plot is a great procedural puzzle, dealing with an alcoholic mayor being blackmailed, a missing woman, a dying man's confession, an exhumed decades-old body and an agoraphobic piano teacher. It's a great recommendation for any crime fan who thinks they've read it all.
At the beginning of the 16th century a young Florentine diplomat, Niccolo Machiavelli, observes the rise to power of the Borgia family. Rodrigo Borgia, now Pope Alexander VI; his eldest son Cesare, once a cardinal but now head of the Pope's army; and Lucrezia, a pawn in the game of marriage, en route to her third husband in the north of Italy. Where others are frightened and disgusted, Machiavelli is fascinated. Yes he sees corruption, brutality and nepotism. But he also perceives a cunning intelligence in the pursuit and maintenance of power. Sarah Dunant is not alone in believing that perhaps history has cast the Borgias, particularly Lucrezia, in too dark a light. Her fictional account of the family is both engrossing and entertaining.
Author and naturalist Sy Montgomery chronicles the lives of the octopuses she gets to know over several years' of visiting the New England Aquarium in Boston. Along the way she befriends a diverse range of workers and volunteers, learns to scuba dive and becomes completely convinced that octopuses do indeed have souls. Her descriptions of her weekly 'date' with various octopuses, arms submerged in icy water, engulfed by eight sucker-covered tentacles will make you want to rush to the nearest aquarium to follow suit. Athena, Kali, Karma and Octavia each have different personalities. Sometimes cheeky and playful, sometimes withdrawn and quiet, always curious and intelligent, the octopuses teach her as much about herself and other humans as they do about themselves. This is interesting, thought provoking and fun reading.
In the 1960s biologist Leonard Hayflick developed a cell line using cells from an aborted human fœtus from Sweden. That cell line, named WI-38, is used by scientists all over the world to this day in research in a wide range of fields, including vaccine development. The story of its production, acceptance and adoption is a wonderful illustration of the changes that have occurred in science over the last 60 years. It is a tale of scientific endeavor, changing ethical norms and the increasingly tight links between science and business. Meredith Wadman's new book tells the story of the race to find safe vaccines and the difficulties encountered along the way. In doing so she also sheds light on the lives of the people involved, including those who didn't know they were taking part in scientific experiments.
UWA Oceans Institute, the City of Perth Library & Boffins Books are pleased to present A.C. Grayling. His latest book, The Age of Genius, posits how unorthodox thinking, war and technological invention transformed the Seventeenth Century into the crucible of modernity.
The Breakfast Club presented by CCI and Boffins Books is an event series dedicated to bringing talented authors and their books to the WA business community.
Julia Lawrinson was in store with the YA Club on February 3rd 2017. Read the transcript here for a glimpse into the thought and writing process.
Alone in Berlin was Hans Fallada's final novel, written over the course of just 24 days not long before his death in 1947. It is based on the true story of Otto and Elise Hampel, a German couple convicted of producing and distributing anti-nazi material during the war. In the book, Otto and Anna Quangel, a middle aged working class couple who lose their only son to the war, begin to mount their own quiet resistance to the regime. They write anti-nazi messages on postcards and distribute them across the city over a period of 2 years. Every page reeks of pettiness, oppression, courage, fear and despair. This is not a simple story of good versus evil, but a portrayal of the depths and heights reached by ordinary people during WWII.
Boffins Books and Subiaco Library are proud to present and in converation event with award winning author Tony Kevin as he launches his new book, Return to Moscow. Tony Kevin will be joined on stage by former Premier of Western Australia, Carmen Lawrence.
UWA Oceans Institute, the City of Perth Library & Boffins Books are pleased to present David Marr author of the latest Quarterly Essay #65 “The White Queen”.
Adrian McKinty is my new favourite crime author. This is the 6th book to feature DI Sean Duffy, a catholic policeman in the predominantly protestant RUC during the ‘troubles’ in Northern Ireland. The story is fabulous, the sense of humour deliciously dark, and the evocation of life in that time and that place fascinating.
This is such a fabulous debut novel, I gobbled it all up one weekend. In the aftermath of horrific tragedy the surviving members of a family try to come to terms with what has happened and deal with their grief and guilt. Exquisitely told, Idaho is a reflection on the nature of grief, especially as memory fades. Yes, there is a lot of sadness, but there is also great love and acceptance.
The way that Sarah constructs characters to think and just be amazing is amazing. I love how she fits in characters from past books in this book. Everything just seemed perfectly planned from the beginning.” Sandy Chen, Boffins YA Club Member.
Set in New York, over fifty years before Harry’s story begins, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is J.K. Rowling’s debut on the screenwriting scene. Newt Scamander, an explorer and Magizoologist, has been searching the globe for magical beasts of all kinds, however, when he loses his case full of these magical creatures, an assortment of predicaments emerge.
The City of Perth Library and Boffins Books are proud to present renowned philosopher A. C. Grayling as he speaks about his latest book The Age of Genius: The Seventeenth Century and the Birth of the Modern Mind.
Boffins Books will host Julia Lawrinson as she signs her new book Before You Forget. Have a chat with Julia as you have your book personalised.
From award winning Perth based author Rachael Johns, comes this tale of three women with secrets to keep. Written with her trademark Aussie warmth, humour and turn the page drama this is not to be missed addition to the Johns collection.